PRESIDENT FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT
Speech: D-Day Prayer
Author: Franklin Delano Roosevelt (1882–1945)
First Published: 1944
Under United States copyright law, Presidential speeches
and statements are in the public domain.
This PDF ebook was
created by José Menéndez.
AS DELIVERED ON JUNE 6, 1944
My Fellow Americans:
Last night, when I spoke with you about the fall of Rome, I
knew at that moment that troops of the United States and our Allies
were crossing the Channel in another and greater operation. It has
come to pass with success thus far.
And so, in this poignant hour, I ask you to join with me in
Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set
upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our
religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity.
Lead them straight and true; give strength to their arms,
stoutness to their hearts, steadfastness in their faith.
They will need Thy blessings. Their road will be long and hard.
For the enemy is strong. He may hurl back our forces. Success may
not come with rushing speed, but we shall return again and again;
and we know that by Thy grace, and by the righteousness of our
cause, our sons will triumph.
They will be sore tried, by night and by day, without rest—
until the victory is won. The darkness will be rent by noise and
flame. Men’s souls will be shaken with the violences of war.
For these men are lately drawn from the ways of peace. They
fight not for the lust of conquest. They fight to end conquest. They
fight to liberate. They fight to let justice arise, and tolerance and
goodwill among all Thy people. They yearn but for the end of
battle, for their return to the haven of home.
Some will never return. Embrace these, Father, and receive
them, Thy heroic servants, into Thy kingdom.
And for us at ho